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On Sunday night I turned on the new season of True Blood. Five minutes later I switched off – and decided I was officially finished with the show.
The reason? Even though I really enjoyed season 5 of HBO’s supernatural saga and felt it took the show into new and interesting directions, these first five minutes confirmed for me a suspicion I’d had for a while. A feeling that True Blood had kind of lost its mojo and that it’s now so frantic and frenetic that it’s no longer must see TV for me anymore. Sure I could easily watch the show as a summer guilty pleasure but I also know True Blood probably has several seasons left in it – and frankly I just don’t want to devote that much time to a show I think has past its peak. I’d rather remember the (mostly) great first 5 years of the show and move on.
As I wrote recently, I think Mad Men has also now outstayed its welcome. I’m still watching – albeit on fast forward at times – but I’m really only holding out because the show only has one season left and I feel I’ve come this far so More >
It’s True Blood time again here at Remote Patrolled as the supernatural HBO series reaches the end of its fifth season. So did True Blood deliver for you this year – or is the summer staple gradually losing its bite?
I’m definitely a True Blood fan and have watched every episode of the show to date. But I’ll also admit that the show has proven frustrating at times with consistent failings that seems to crop up every season: too many characters; storylines that don’t connect; a tendency to slide into silliness at times; and key characters who simply aren’t interesting enough to warrant their protracted screen time (yep Andy and Terry – that would be you!)
So how has Season 5 stacked up?
Well to be honest many of the traditional True Blood problems are still in place. The first half of season five was definitely fragmented with numerous totally separate storylines developing at the same time. We had Bill and Eric mixed up with the Vampire Authority; the return of Russell Edgington and Reverend Steve Newlin; Tara’s vampire conversion courtesy of her ‘Maker’ Pam; Sookie trying to find out who murdered her parents, Alcide fighting to be top dog in his werewolf pack; Sam More >
Summer is here and in TV terms that means more vampires, werewolves and Southern friend sex! Yep, True Blood is back for another season – but is the once sizzling hot supernatural series now cooling off? The buzz for season 5 definitely feels less substantial than in previous years.
I for one am rather less excited by this year’s True Blood than I have been in series past. In part that’s because I’m now getting my horror fix from The Walking Dead and American Horror Story (not to mention our own horror special – Can You Survive A Horror Movie – gratuitous plug!) But it’s also due to the declining quality of True Blood itself, whose last two seasons have been a bit of a mess at times with too many characters, bloated storylines and some truly ridiculous moments.
That said when True Blood is on form it’s a great show. And even now the show is still a fun and entertaining romp – which is why I’ll still be tuning in this year. But here’s 6 storylines I could really do without this season… here’s hoping!
It’s time for another Before They Were Big here at Remote Patrolled, our look back at the stars before they were famous.
Swedish actor Alexander Skarsgard has been hitting the headlines over the last couple of weeks, with the season finale of True Blood season 4 and the debut of his new movie, Straw Dogs this weekend.
By now you probably know Alex’s backstory. He’s the son of well know actor Stellan Skarsgard (Mamma Mia, Thor, Deep Blue Sea) and famously made his US debut in the Ben Stiller comedy Zoolander (one of my picks for most over-rated movie of all time).
Later Alexander would appear in HBO’s Generation Kill, before landing his big break in 2008 on True Blood.
But Skarsgard is no newcomer to the acting scene. As the son of a famous actor, he started very young back home in Sweden… check Alexander out, aged 11, in the TV series Idag Rog… no idea quite what’s going on here but it certainly looks dramatic! (more…)
Our favorite vampire saga is over for another summer – but what did you make of last night’s True Blood season finale?
If I’m honest I was a bit underwhelmed. Last week’s installment was so fast and frantic that it played like a season finale, and frankly left this ending with nowhere to go. Okay I’ll admit, the sight of Jessica holding a massive ‘missile launcher’ was pretty darn silly (she’s still meant to be a naïve teenager remember) and some of the Marnie moments did touch on the absurd, but at least last week was eventful and exciting…
By contrast the ACTUAL season finale was a bit of a damp squib in my opinion. For the first 20 minutes or so we had the wrap up of the Marnie saga as the Bon Temps witch possessed Lafayette, murdered Jesus, kidnapped Bill and Eric and was finally persuaded into the ‘light’. It sort of worked and sort of didn’t. How on earth did Marnie manage to kill all those guards and ‘silver’ our two vampire favorites onto the top of a bonfire – with NO help? And the scenes of the ‘dead’ coming back to persuade Marnie to give up her mission More >
Okay, I’ve bitten my tongue for as long as I can… and I just can’t contain myself anymore!
Can we all finally agree that it’s high time that the truly tiresome Andy Bellefleur met the true death on True Blood?
I’ve stuck with my favorite vampire saga for 4 full seasons – through the highs (Maryann, King Russell, Alcide) and the lows (a good chunk of Season 3) – so as a true fan I’m totally in my rights to name paunchy local cop Andy the series most unnecessary and uninteresting character. Ever!
Through all the time that we’ve known him Andy has never once risen to the level of a 3 dimensional character. He’s True Blood’s resident oaf, a cartoonish clown who can always be relied upon to screw up and get the facts wrong. So basically he’s Jason. Except Sookie’s brother at least has his sex appeal to fall back on.
So have you been following the latest season of True Blood… and if so what are your thoughts so far?
I’ve been a big True Blood fan from the very start but as regular Remote Patrolled readers would know, I was NOT a big supporter of the messy Season 3 which suffered from far too many characters, dragged out story lines and a whole heap of plots that didn’t connect.
So I was pleasantly surprised when Season 4 started with a bang a few weeks ago – and since then the quality has remained pretty high. But of course I’m never satisfied and there are always holes to pick!
On the plus side I’m loving Marnie the witch – a worthy successor to the fabulous Maryann (when is Michelle Forbes going to get her own series I wonder?) I also like how the witches versus vampires storylines has given the season clear battle lines and a central thrust that was missing from last year’s show.
It’s almost here… True Blood is back June 26th, bringing with it the official start of the summer TV season!
As you may know, I had mixed feelings on Season 3 which was horribly overpopulated with characters, became mired in some really dull plotlines (most involving Jason) and wasn’t as cohesive as the first two series. But I’m hoping Season 4 will get the show back on track.
Already I have to applaud HBO for NOT over-promoting the show as they did last time around. Less is more sometimes and I think Season 3 suffered from insanely high expectations and over-hyping.
This first trailer doesn’t reveal much aside from a lot of snarling vampires and a shirtless Alcide! But we know Season 4 is all about witches, Godric will be back and vampire spokesperson Nan Flanagan has been promoted to series regular.
So are you excited for True Blood season 4… start commenting everyone!
Summer is almost over so it’s time to put away those BBQ sets and beach towels for another year. But before we settle down for the Fall TV Season – here’s 15 Lessons We Learned From Summer 2010…
Networks Execs take note!
1) Scripted Network Dramas Are Dead: Witness NBC’s Persons Unknown (aka Persons Unwatched), ABC’s Happy Town and the Sunday night snoozers The Gates and Scoundrels. All four struggled to attract more than 3 million viewers a week and barely made it through their runs. And the only real scripted ‘hit’ of the summer, ABC’s Rookie Blue, was a middling 5 million rated cop show.
2) …But Scripted Cable Shows Are Hot: Where to begin – Rizzoli and Isles, Covert Affairs, The Closer, Haven, Melissa and Joey, Hot In Cleveland… this summer audiences switched over to cable big time, a cultural shift that will only continue in years to come… fact is viewers are loyal to shows NOT networks. If you want an audience now you have to work for it!
3) Weight Loss Shows Are On The Way Out: The Biggest Loser is still a hefty hit but too many copycat formats failed this summer… Dance Your Ass Off was down year to year, Vh1’s Money Hungry was an outright bomb More >
So recently I read a piece on the entertainment website Zap2It that got me thinking about everyone’s favorite vampire saga…
The piece in question was inspired by a recent tweet by Philadelphia Eagles player Todd Heremans who after a recent TB episode tweeted “So…caught up on ‘True Blood’ last night. Not a fan of how they get you hooked with the first two seasons then bring on a barrage of homosexuality…”
Of course Heremans’ tweet didn’t exactly go down well with fans of the show, many of whom complained to Todd’s bosses – leading to a retraction a couple of days later when Todd said “After speaking with Eagles management I realize that my tweet earlier was insensitive and tasteless, and for this, I deeply apologize. It was not my intention to offend or hurt anyone.” What do you think? Sounds like a forced apology to me…
Anyway, following the incident, Zap2It posed the question – Is True Blood Too Gay? on their site – and they’ve certainly elicited some rather interesting responses. Obviously there’s been a lot of support for the show – and for the gay characters and storylines – but there’s also comments like this…
Lenie 321: “Love the show but hate the gay More >